Tupac, Pearl Jam, Canadian rockers Steppenwolf on rock hall ballot

    NEW YORK – The late rapper Tupac Shakur, Seattle-based grunge pioneers Pearl Jam and the Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Nine of the 19 nominated acts are on the ballot for the first time and more than 800 artists, historians and music-industry officials will vote on which musicians to induct. The results will be announced in December with the induction set for next April. Others back for another chance include pop superstar Janet Jackson, who was nominated for the first time last year.

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